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How to Use Your iPhone’s Camera as a Webcam for Your Mac?

You can now use the camera on your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac thanks to a brand-new iteration of Apple’s Continuity Camera feature that was introduced with macOS Ventura.

A user’s nearby iPhone camera, which has significantly better quality than the built-in camera on Macs, is used by Continuity Camera, which works wirelessly or wired in FaceTime, Zoom, and other apps.

In addition, Continuity Camera also allows you to use the following video effects supported by modern iPhones:

  • Center Stage (‌iPhone‌ 11 and later)
  • Studio Light (iPhone 12 and later)
  • Portrait mode (‌iPhone‌ XR and later)
  • iPhone models 11 and later support Desk View.

You can buy a Belkin iPhone mount, which mounts to the top bezel of your Mac, to attach your iPhone to a MacBook. It is possible to purchase the mount from Apple’s online store for $29.95. You can use it in landscape or portrait mode, with portrait showing a little less of the background. Although you can find some imitations and other versions on Amazon, it is currently the only official Continuity Camera mount available.

What You’ll Need

To use Continuity Camera, here’s a rundown of what you’ll need:

  • ‌iPhone‌ running iOS 16.0 or later
  • Mac running ‌macOS Ventura‌ or later
  • Belkin iPhone mount ($29.95)
  • ‌iPhone‌ and Mac signed into the same Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled on both devices

How to Use Continuity Camera

Fortunately, setting up Continuity Camera is easy. When you launch FaceTime while your iPhone is connected to your Mac via the Belkin mount, your iPhone’s camera will turn on automatically. Your nearby ‌‌iPhone‌‌ will ping with a sound and show a “Connected to…” Screen showing that the connection was successful.

To enable any of the video effects listed above, open Control Center from your Mac’s menu bar, then click Video Effects to switch between the different modes.

Center Stage keeps you in frame if you move around, Portrait Mode blurs the background, Studio Light focuses the light on you, and Desk View shows what’s on your desktop by taking advantage of the Ultra Wide camera.

You can pause Continuity Camera at any time using the Pause button on your ‌iPhone‌’s display. When you’re finished, simply tap the red Disconnect button on your ‌‌iPhone‌‌’s screen.

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Source: MacRumors

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